by Pier Washpon

Iraq Claims Victory in ISIS’ Last Stronghold
October 5, 2017
Iraqi troops took the city of Hawija, driving out ISIS within two weeks. The United Nations reports that over 7,000 civilians escaped the city during the first 10 days of the operation.

Fourth U.S. Soldier Is Found Dead After Ambush in Niger
October 6, 2017
United States Army Special Forces troops were ambushed during a routine training mission in Niger. Three of soldiers have been identified as Staff Sergeants Bryan C. Black, Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Dustin Wright and the fourth has not been identified yet.

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons
October 6, 2017
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a Geneva-based group of disarmament activists was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to advance treaty negotiations. So far 53-member states have signed the treaty since September 20th.

Inside Ndele, FPRC’s ‘peaceful’ parallel state
October 6, 2017
The Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) is an armed group working to create a peaceful town. They meet with UN peacekeepers to discuss conflict prevention and collect “taxes” from the local merchants. Although there is a veneer of peace and security, there are signs of discontent brewing underneath. Still,”Muslims and Christians live together here,” Issene Mamout, an Arabic scholar who grew up in Ndele, says. “It’s rare … There are no problems.”

How will lifting of US sanctions affect Sudanese?
October 8, 2017
Lifting sanctions could open cash flows for some of Sudan’s poorest citizens. Investors will be more willing to get involved in mega projects. Political and economic reform should take place first to capitalize on the overturned sanctions. However, Sudan remains on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of “terrorism”.

Everything you need to know about Trump’s expected decision to decertify the Iran deal
October 8, 2017
Trump is expected to announce his decision about Iran’s nuclear deal status this week. He wants to decertify Iran because he believes that the country is not following the spirit of the accord. The president of Iran said he is not open to renegotiations and that the country is following the deal.

Israeli, Palestinian women join peace march through desert
October 9, 2017
Many women dressed in white as a symbol of peace as they marched through the desert. Women Wage Peace is a grassroots organization that organized two weeks of event and the march. One woman said she felt that the political leaders on both sides have failed to bring peace to Israel and Palestine. However, some feel as though this action normalizes Israeli occupation.

2 Paths for Yemen’s War- Scarred Children: Combat, or Marriage
October 9, 2017
Desperate families are selling off their daughters to be child brides and letting their sons be recruited as child soldiers. The war in Yemen has ravaged on for two years now.  “It is impossible to say how many kids are being pulled out of school now to be married off or sent to fight, but we know that more and more parents are doing this. The lack of livelihood and unemployment is forcing them to do this.” According to the United Nations, 12,000 of the 14,000 schools are now closed, and 1 in 2 children suffer stunted growth because of food shortages.

‘Cynical’ Myanmar army operation aimed at preventing Rohingya return, U.N. says
October 11, 2017
Head of the Asia and Pacific region of the U.N. human rights office called on Aung San Suu Kyi to “stop the violence.” Whole villages were destroyed and there is overwhelming evidence of child rape and torture. It is highly likely that security forces planted landmines along the border to prevent Rohingya from returning.